At 2351 Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago there are a pair of bay windows that have found an afterlife. These windows have been occupied by alternating objects for the past decades and have become liminal spaces that passerby’s are able to be temporarily a part of, yet are kept at a distance, separated by glass. They are both active participants and activated by those who interact with them. Seduction lures us to their insides, their position on the street, their ocular composition, and their perception.
By paying attention to the movement of light and shadows through the windows, the artists, will make explicit gestures to nature and the way that it filters into our lives. These windows have offered the four of us a vision of a container, and have a moment to think about the lives, power and ability of objects and light in space.
“Pleasure at a close distance” is a collaboration between Lauren Chipeur, April Martin, Lara Schoorl, and Zoë Wonfor and will live for one week in the bay windows on 2351 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The installation will exist as a series of object arrangements made by the four of us over the course of seven days. Experiments with water, plaster, plasticine, natural plant material, clay, plastic and text will occupy these containers.
A space that is tethered to its past by its associations to shopping, consumption and capital, will offer us a unique opportunity to subvert public expectations of a shop window.
We’re excited to invite you to “Pleasure at a close distance,” on display from May 23 – May 29. The OPENING is on Wednesday May 25 from 3:00-9:00pm and is in conjunction with ‘Closing’ – another event nearby with works by Christina Sweeney and April Martin. https://www.facebook.com/events/1558195431149270/